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Red Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (29)

This is a moderately difficult trail with long climbs to Henry Mill Falls; Machine and hand built.


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Map Key

6.1

Miles

9.8

KM

Singletrack

954' 291 m

High

766' 234 m

Low

394' 120 m

Up

404' 123 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

The trails are often closed following wet weather. Always visit mtbatlanta.com/ to check the trail status before heading out.

Need to Know

Parking at Cochran Mill Park is $5, credit cards only or you can purchase an annual pass for $25 (2023 pricing). Residents of the Chattahoochee Hills may obtain a free annual pass from the City.

Description

The Red Trail is a moderately challenging trail that leads to the beautiful Henry Mill Falls. To find the trailhead, ride downhill from the parking lot and cross the two bridges on Cochran Mill Road, as you start to climb, look for the entrance on the left.

The trail starts as you turn off Cochran Mill Road and descends to a raised turn that continues through a swamp. Once across the swamp, you'll be back on singletrack for a short distance to an intersection, this is the start of the loop. The trail has a very different fill depending one which way you choose to go. If you prefer challenging climbs on narrow hand-built singletrack, stay straight / right and this will lead you to EMT Hill. If you prefer an easier climb with more flow, turn left and follow Bear Creek downstream.

The main highlight of the trail is Henry Mill Falls, however, there is much more to see along the trail and you'll soon forget you are only 15 minutes from the world's busiest airport. On the Big Ridge section of the trail, you'll be treated to great winter vistas from the top of the ridge, large rock outcrops and a fern-filled valley as you descend back to Bear Creek. There is a short section of 2-way traffic as you continue downstream. After a small creek crossing, you'll encounter a smaller loop, direction here is not that important.

If you continue downstream, first you'll pass across the top of Henry Mill Falls before descending to an old Jeep road. Follow the road uphill and look for the singletrack trail coming down from the right. This technical climb will lead to outstanding views above the creek.

The most important part about this trail is to take your time and enjoy the scenery, which changes constantly with the seasons.

Contacts

Shared By:

Pete Edmondson with improvements by Lost Justpastnowhere

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  4.2 from 29 votes

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  4.2 from 29 votes
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One of the more scenic trails in Georgia. Wild Azaleas about the Henry Mill Falls. The scenery here changes almost weekly.
Mar 31, 2016 near Chattah…, GA
Henry Mill Falls from the Yellow Trail side.
Sep 28, 2016 near Chattah…, GA
Henry Mill Falls. The Red Trail is on the other side of creek.
Mar 31, 2016 near Chattah…, GA
Trail at top of Henry Mill Falls, the loop below the falls and back to small creek crossing is moderate to difficult with a narrow trail surface and lots of rocks on a steep climb.
Mar 31, 2016 near Chattah…, GA
Rock outcrop at the top of the Big Ridge.
Mar 31, 2016 near Chattah…, GA
Tricky rock section on EMT segment, part of Big Ridge Trail.
Mar 31, 2016 near Chattah…, GA

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Jan 16, 2023
Lost Justpastnowhere
Aug 29, 2022
Ted Hyatt
Large tree down near Bear Creek and impassable with bike. Have to climb up the steep hill to get around it. Watch out for the techno rock gardens.
Apr 21, 2022
Russell H
11mi
Jan 8, 2022
Brian B
Oct 2, 2020
Jason Thomas
red, yellow, green. awesome fall day. 50 degrees at start. 12.7mi — 1h 56m
Aug 30, 2020
Jason Thomas
ride Yellow first, then finished with loop on Red 12.1mi — 1h 43m
Apr 7, 2019
Neal Nalley
Bring your pedals 6.1mi — 1h 10m
Nov 25, 2018
Patrick OMG